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Friday, October 5, 2012

Turning charities into 'For Profit' businesses an art in India: Dummy NGOs exploit charity movement in India

Isaiah 10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

The only reason such blatant fraud is tolerated in India and elsewhere is because everyone is in on the take. From the highest government officials to the policeman walking the beat on the street, corruption is a way of life in India and as noted in the above Scripture, the majority of victims are women and orphans. 

Some NGOs in India stand accused of earning a living by pretending to be a charity. A number of schools set up to help the poorest of the poor are allegedly turning out to be fakes. The building and classrooms in a school in Bodh Gaya, eastern India, may look functional, but classes are rarely held here. That is because it exists only to attract foreign tourists to donate money to the school trustees.
“If you think we’re running a business here, you’re quite right. This is how I feed myself,” admits Chandan Kumar Verma, a trustee of Sakya Sujata Children Welfare Trust. “By the way, there are other NGOs here who take money and don’t even have any facilities.” “Sounds like a pity. I’m sure there’s good work being done here, and it’s bad if good work is being ruined because other people start cheating. Then people will be more careful where they give money to, and finally end up being bad for the people,” Thor, a tourist, told RT.

With India estimated to have one third of the world's poor, many foreign tourists try to donate their time and money to a good cause when they visit. Marie from France wanted to work with children and contacted a local NGO. Luckily for her, it was genuine and her money helped make a difference. “I’m a student and I came to India to help some children. We help the children and make a donation. They use the money to make a center, and to pay a teacher”, Marie says.

But you cannot always be sure that the money you donate is put to good use. There are some four million NGOs in India. This huge number is compounded by the highly unorganized nature of the nonprofit sector: there is no uniform accounting policy or reporting framework. “There are many NGOs here, that run schools and garment manufacturing, but they run only during the tourist season. When the season ends then their activities also wind down,” explains villager Parveen Kumar. “Children stop going to school then and while away their time. And then again in winter when the tourist season starts again, these NGOs drag children from the surrounding villages back to their schools.”

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Dummy NGOs exploit charity movement in India — RT
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